Importance of Preventative Health Checks

Importance of Health Preventatives and Checks

Good health begins with prevention and that all starts with the individual. Establishing good health habits means people may enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Regular check-ups are an important part of a prevention routine and can help keep people on track with their health goals.

The purpose of a health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease. It is often better to pick up potential problems earlier rather than later. Health checks can provide health care professionals with an opportunity to look at a person’s lifestyle, medical history and family history to find out if they’re at risk of any preventable health conditions.

Health checks can also identify areas where improvements to lifestyle habits can help keep you on the right track. It is recommended by international consensus and understanding that men, above 35 years of age, and women, above 40 years of the age, should undergo annual preventive health checkup. In case of a disease in family history, it is prudent to initiate screening tests 10 years before, when the youngest member of family developed that particular disease (e.g. diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, cancer of breasts, prostate, colon, etc).

Sound health not only brings out the best in your day to day activities, but you are also happier, allowing yourself to reach personal accomplishments and enjoy the company of your loved ones. Preventive health checkups are a powerful tool which lets us live a longer, healthier and contented life. Certain schools of thought and research advocate that in the long run preventative health checks work out cheaper than battling a preventable disease.

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The importance of regular health check ups

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Cardiovascular Disease

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Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Cardiovascular diseases are
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Your Drugs and You

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Taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and overall long-term health and well-being.
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Caring for a loved one with stroke

Caring for a loved one with stroke

Being a caregiver can be overwhelming because not only do caregivers continue to fulfill their role in the family, they also have to care for the survivor and take on that person’s role as well.

Being a caregiver for someone dealing with a stroke is challenging, but these 10 tips can help you identify and handle common issues as you care for your loved one:

1. Ask a Doctor.Be aware of your loved one’s medications and their side effects. Find out if your home should be modified to meet the needs of the stroke survivor. Ask a doctor, nurse or therapist to answer your questions about what to expect.

2. Reduce risks to prevent another stroke. Survivors are at high risk of having another stroke. Make sure your loved one eats a healthy diet, exercises, takes medications as prescribed and visits their healthcare provider regularly.

3. Many factors influence recovery: where in the brain the stroke occurred; how much of the brain was affected, the survivor’s motivation; caregiver support; the quantity and quality of rehabilitation; and the survivor’s health before the stroke.

4. Gains can happen quickly or over time.The most rapid recovery usually occurs during the first three to four months after a stroke, but some survivors continue to recover well into the first and second year after their stroke.

5. Physical therapy.Caregivers should consider assistance from a physical or occupational therapist if their loved one has: dizziness; imbalance that results in falls; difficulty walking or moving around daily; inability to walk six minutes without stopping to rest; inability to participate in or complete daily activities.

6. Don’t ignore falls. Falls after stroke are common. If a fall is serious and results in severe pain, bruising or bleeding, take your loved one to the emergency room. If your loved one has minor falls more than two times within six months, see your physician or physical therapist for treatment.

7. Measuring progress. How much acute rehabilitation therapy your loved one receives depends partly on the rate of improvement. Survivors in acute rehabilitation are expected to make measurable functional gains every week based on the Functional Independence Measure Score (FIMS).

8. Monitor changes in attitude and behavior. Evaluate whether your loved one is having a hard time controlling emotions. Consult a healthcare provider to develop a plan of action.

9. Know when to need help. If rehabilitation services are denied due to lack of “medical necessity,” ask your loved one’s healthcare provider to provide records to the insurance carrier and, if necessary, call the insurance company.

10. Know your rights.You have access to your loved one’s medical and rehabilitation records, including written notes and brain imaging films.



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